NYC measles outbreak concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods declared over

NYC measles outbreak concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods declared over

NYC measles outbreak concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods declared over

The outbreak began in October of 2018 and was mostly concentrated in Orthodox neighbourhoods in Brooklyn.

And while the epidemic is over, city health officials will keep monitoring the situation and advocating for more vaccinations to stem future outbreaks, according to the city's chief physician. Serious complications included hospitalization (52), intensive unit care (19) and pneumonia (34). "While its vaccination rates have always been high, global travel and a close-knit, family-centered structure left our community particularly vulnerable to the measles, a highly contagious disease", said Avrohom Weinstock, the leader of Agudath Israel of America. "Our message is clear: we implore New Yorkers to make sure they and their children are up-to-date on vaccinations".

The outbreak has ended because no new cases of the highly contagious virus have been reported since July, according to health officials.

About 73% of those diagnosed were not vaccinated and 80% were people younger than 18.

"Ending the measles outbreak required extensive collaboration with community organizations and Jewish leaders", the mayor said in the statement.

Those measures have been lifted, but a NY state law passed in June outlawing religious exemptions that had allowed parents to circumvent school-mandated vaccination remains in place. A majority of the cases, 72 percent, were in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. Providers in previously affected communities no longer need to administer the first dose of MMR vaccine to infants ages 6 to 11 months.

USA officials on Tuesday declared New York's worst measles epidemic in almost 30 years officially over after months of emergency measures that included mandatory vaccinations.

In June, there were 1,000 reported measles cases in the USA, a record number since the disease's eradication. This marks the end of the largest measles outbreak New York City has seen in almost three decades. "Our best defense against renewed transmission is having a well immunized city".

She said vaccination coverage has increased significantly since the city's emergency vaccination order.

"Staying up to date on vaccines is the best way for people to protect the health and safety of their friends, family and neighbors", Barbot said.

New York State lawmakers also revoked a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations in June.